As we have watched the UNC Scandal begin with some tweets that Marvin Austin thought were harmless and saw it morph into rogue academic problems, rogue agents and runners, rogue this, and rogue that, one thing that wasn’t really discussed much was how much did this cost (and was any tax payer money used). Well, […]
The N&O is reporting this afternoon that A UNC system BOG panel met for more than five hours behind closed doors, citing confidentiality and privacy issues.Â The purpose of the meeting was reportedly to discuss UNC-CH’s current academic fraud issues…
CHAPEL HILL — A UNC Board of Governors panel met for more than five hours behind closed doors Wednesday in its review of the academic fraud case that has dogged UNC-Chapel Hill.
The panel gathered briefly with reporters present, but then went into closed session, citing state law that protects confidential personnel matters, information about the performance of public employees and attorney-client privilege.
Laura Fjeld, vice president and general counsel of the UNC systemâ€™s General Administration, was present at the meeting. The review group also cited federal law protecting the privacy of student educational records.
The panel will reconvene Thursday in what is expected to be mostly open deliberation.
Wednesdayâ€™s closed door meeting no doubt included discussion of two former employees thought to be at the center of the scandal in UNC-CHâ€™s African and Afro-American studies department â€” Julius Nyangâ€™oro, a former chairman and professor who was forced to retire in July, and Deborah Crowder, a former department manager who retired in 2009.
Thank goodness they met privately so as not to inadvertently violate FERPA.Â No word yet if they were allowed to discuss Julius Peppers’ academic record based on transcripts which were already illegally made available to the public.